Doctors need a “sea change” in their attitude to C difficile

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:790
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    An NHS trust could face criminal charges over failures in its infection control measures that contributed to the deaths of 90 patients.

    Every NHS trust in England will now get a copy of a damning report into failures at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in Kent as a precautionary measure to highlight mistakes that occurred there. The Healthcare Commission, England's health watchdog, has just published its report after an investigation into outbreaks of Clostridium difficile at the trust's hospitals between April 2004 and September 2006.

    The Healthcare Commission said that there were “significant failings” at the trust and that of 345 deaths it considered as part of its review 90 were “definitely …

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